Spaghetti Squash Upma Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Upma Recipe
My low carb version of “seviya” upma is made with spaghetti squash instead of the more familiar vermicelli noodles. Spaghetti squash “noodles” are healthy, delicious & will satisfy your cravings/hunger 😃
I’m not sure if spaghetti squash is available everywhere, but it’s a really great substitute for noodles. The easiest method to prepare the squash is by steaming it in the microwave & the prep is actually a lot of fun!

The easiest method to prepare the squash is by steaming it in the microwave & the prep is actually a lot of fun!



½ spaghetti squash, cooked & prepared (see link for video below)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1” piece of ginger, peeled & finely minced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
3-4 small green Thai chilies, slit in half lengthwise (to taste)
½ tsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal, (skinned & split black gram dal) ... optional
¼ cup toasted unsalted peanuts (or you can add cashew pieces)
6-8 fresh curry leaves
Pinch of haldi/rurmeric & red chili powder, to taste
1 cup green peas, carrots, corn (frozen is fine) or any veggies of your choice
salt, to taste
juice of ½ lemon
2 tbsp oil
freshly grated coconut for garnish (optional)
freshly chopped cilantro leaves for garnish


In a large deep skillet on medium high heat, add the oil. When hot, carefully add the mustard seeds. When the splattering subsides, add the urad dal long with the green chilies & curry leaves. After 30 seconds or so, add the onions & stir-fry until the onions turn slightly brown. Now add the ginger/garlic along with the turmeric/red chili powder, stir and add the green peas, carrots & corn (or any veggies you like). Stir for a couple of minutes and then add in the spaghetti squash “noodles” & season with salt. Stir to combine all of the ingredients, reduce the heat to low, cover and let cook for just a few minutes. Lastly add the lemon juice, stir and garnish with coconut & cilantro leaves. Serve hot with Indian snacks such as barik sev.

Video courtesy of Inspired Taste: How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

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